Dominating affiliate marketing and becoming an excellent affiliate isn’t simple – it’s a real jungle out there in the affiliate marketing wars. Every new affiliate is also trying to make the sale – of the same product!
Since we were old enough to go to school, we’ve been pressured to fit in and be like everybody else. But now it’s time to project out into latest region, be different and learn to be a winning player if you hope to succeed in affiliate marketing.
Unless you’re a true Type A personality, this means some essential changes for you – no longer worrying about fitting in, being ok with making people jealous of you, ignoring those who talk behind your back – all required qualities in every super-affiliate and most others who want to have flourishing affiliate marketing businesses online.
And because affiliate marketing really is a business in its own right, first you have to make sure that you have your own website dedicated to your affiliate marketing promotions. This is very important as it allows you to build your own affiliate marketing opt-in lists and a chance to promote numerous affiliate opportunities and products instead of promoting just one affiliate link at a time – and having to start all over again for the next affiliate promotion you push.
Subsequently, always avoid using the affiliate marketing promotional materials that are provided by the affiliate administrator or merchant. You will discover that you make more sales when you create your own material, including free gifts such as reports and e-books. Use the copy and e-mails provided as a basis for your own articles and blog posts, and study them for any great selling points that were missed – those are the type of points to really hit home and take apart you from the affiliate marketing wannabes…
While you promote affiliate products in your affiliate marketing promotions, be sure to promote your website and your opt-in list more than you promote anything else. Super affiliates use article marketing, pay per click ads, forum signatures, public bookmarking and other Web 2.0 methods to drive targeted traffic to their affiliate marketing websites and opt-in lists, and then promote the specific affiliate products to their opt-in lists and on their websites. Remember – bring the traffic to YOU – THEN launch it to them.
One time in a while, offer additional benefit gifts to those who purchase through your affiliate marketing links. You can create your own gifts, or use private tag rights products. Most affiliates don’t do this, however most of the very good affiliates do.
Keep it for the more expensive affiliate marketing promotions though – it becomes less effective if you are regularly offering bonuses and, worse yet, you can end up like some who no longer get a buying response from their lists unless they offer some heavy-duty bonuses. If you condition your audience to always buying for the bonuses, you’ll see your affiliate marketing results falling when you don’t have new bonuses for them.
A further powerful affiliate marketing method is to host teleseminars to promote affiliate products. Your teleseminars MUST give your listeners useful information that they can use – and must be on a topic related to the affiliate product you’re promoting. Don’t make the bulk of the call a sales pitch – not only will they hang up, but they’ll avoid your calls in future.
Offer them good solid information, either on your own or through an interview, for 50 minutes of a 1-hour calls, then use that last five or ten minutes to direct them to the affiliate offer on YOUR affiliate marketing website. Get their opt-in and then focus them through to the merchant’s salespage – and watch the nice bang you get in your affiliate marketing commissions!
If the majority of your affiliate marketing activities are in the same function, write and submit articles on a regular basis. Get your name out there and become a recognized expert in your niche. Also make it a point to actively participate in related forums and newsgroups – always with a link to your site in your signature. As your name recognition and reliability grow, so will the profits you’re raking in from your affiliate marketing efforts!
Summing up, always endeavor to do things just a bit in a different way to stand out from the rest of the affiliate marketing crowd, but don’t ignore any of the established marketing methods just because other affiliates are using them. Use EVERY affiliate marketing strategy you can – just be sure to ALWAYS put your own twist on them!